|Born:||October 23, 1896|
Providence, Rhode Island
|Died:||May 24, 1974 77) (aged|
Newport, Rhode Island
|Height:||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight:||150 lb (68 kg)|
|High school:||Providence (RI) Classical|
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Walter Irving "Pard" Pearce (October 23, 1896 – May 24, 1974) was a professional American football player who played quarterback for six seasons for the Decatur Staleys, the Chicago Staleys, the Chicago Bears, the Kenosha Maroons, and the Providence Steam Roller. Pearce was the first starting quarterback for the Bears in team history.
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